Monday, 10 August 2015

Tialla Rising 'Where Shadows Lie' Blog Tour

Genre: Christian New Adult Suspense

Release Date: June 14th 2015

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
His dark past haunts him. His new life taunts him. 

After twenty years in the gangs and a hefty prison sentence, an early release gives Shawn the opportunity to turn his life around.

But that isn’t so easy when gangs are involved.

Only a year into his fresh start, the gang catches on and makes Shawn’s life miserable. After all, once a gang member, always a gang member. His very blood belongs to them.

Threats become promises. Whispers become actions. Words become bullets. He must fight – not only for his life, but to save his honor, prove his integrity, and protect the woman he loves.

An ember of hope glows in the darkness, strengthening his resolve. Will her support and his determination be enough to dispel the shadows of his past?

A story of discovery and faith, love and perseverance.


Tialla Rising is a Christian young woman living with her family in the mountains of Arizona. She loves to write and will passionately spend hours long into the night developing her stories. Like most writers, Tialla fills her spare time with reading from her favorite fantasy and mystery genres. A good book, a stormy day, and an iced coffee comprise her favorite moments.


Where Shadows LieWhere Shadows Lie by Tialla Rising
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a very different book for me to read. I like to jump out of my usual choices so that reading becomes varied for me and I can jump back to each genre refreshed. And take each book in each genre with a clear outlook again.

This is [among other things] the strength of the pull, the commitment the loyalty to get out of gangs. We are not talking of little clicks of youths, we are talking Gangster gangs, really serious 'life on the line' type gangs. Get mixed up with them, fall out with them and your 'dead' kind of gangs.

Shawn was really heavily into the gang, until he was put into prison. He then had a chance to turn his life completely around. But what when he got out?

Now that he is out he refuses to go back.

But is the gang going to leave him alone?
Will they just forget about him and allow him to move on?

You bet your bottom dollar they won't.

There was this girl he was close to.
Renewing their friendship he realizes its not just "friendship" he has fallen for her.

One problem.

He is an ex gang member and how does she know he is different now?

Another problem....
she is a Christian and has values.

She turns out to be his rock.

One night, things get dangerous, this leads to and attack.

The way for the gang to get to Shawn is through her

My thoughts

This was a very well thought out story, the characters were solid as a rock, they really were 'real' to me. The anguish, the emotions, the empathy I could feel for Shawn was immense. He really was different, and proving that was well written by the author.

I don't know much about gangs like this, only what I read and hear. That's as far as my knowledge goes, however, its quite scary to think young persons can get involved in this type of thing and end up maimed or dead because they want to leave the gang membership.

Gangs against gangs, each has their own 'morals' of conduct.

There was nothing at all that lacked her for me.

It truly was a good read.

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